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Ty Jones of Flagstaff is among the trainers competing in the Arizona Horseman's Challenge at the Verde Valley Equine Festival.

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Inaugural 3-day Equine Festival begins Friday

The Rio Verde Roverettes began with a one-day horse related show and clinic last year, but this weekend's Equine Festival will top everything, bringing in horse owners and enthusiasts from all over the state and could highlight the Cottonwood Equestrian Center as a showplace event.